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Macron, Rihanna lead education funding campaign
February 03, 2018
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Dakar: French President Emmanuel Macron joined megastar Rihanna in Senegal on Friday at a conference aimed at pressuring donors to finance the education of a quarter of a billion children worldwide who are currently out of school.

Macron is co-hosting the event organised by the Global Partnership for Education with Senegalese President Macky Sall, while Rihanna is attending as a global ambassador for the organisation.

It is not the first time the young French leader and the singer of Umbrella fame have met: she visited the Elysee Palace in July after urging Macron to raise French spending on global education in a tweet to her 86 million followers.

She renewed her appeal on Thursday, tweeting: “Merci @EmmanuelMacron for stepping up to co-host @GPForEducation’s Financing Conference in Dakar! Will France pledge EUR250M for @GPForEducation tomorrow?”

France currently dedicates just 2.5 per cent of its aid budget directly to education, according to its development agency.

The Dakar conference, which brings together governments and the private sector, aims to raise $3.1 billion (2.5 billion) over the coming three years to support education for 870 million children around the world.

Some 264 million school-age children and youths are living without any education owing to poverty, conflict and social barriers including bias against girls, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Rihanna, Macron and Sall are expected at the conference in the afternoon, after the two presidents visit a school renovated using French aid money.

The singer touched down on Thursday in Dakar, followed by Macron who was accompanied by his wife Brigitte.

Partner countries in the scheme are required to earmark 20 per cent of their national budgets to education — a tough goal for developing nations battling militants or civil conflicts.

Literacy in sub-Saharan Africa hovers around 65 per cent, according to Unesco, the UN’s culture and education agency, and girls lose out disproportionately.

“People feel education is not that important because you are not losing lives,” Unicef Executive Director Henrietta Fore told AFP on Friday.

Agence France-Presse

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